Yep. I cubed about 2 pounds of beef. Dredged it in flour and browned it in olive oil. Salted and peppered it as I browned it. Added 1 large onion (coarsely chopped), 3 russet potatoes with skins (in large cubes), 3 carrots cut in chunks, about 3 or 4 ribs of celery cut in chunks, and several cloves of minced garlic. Added enough water to cover, a handful of barley and a can of diced tomatoes with juice. Threw in some parsley and thyme, checked for salt. Let the whole thing simmer until everything was super tender. Then I added a huge handful of frozen Italian green beans and another handful of frozen corn. Simmered until the beans were tender.
It filled my 10-quart Dutch oven, so there's plenty for leftovers.
Made skillet cornbread to go with it. I'm looking forward to reruns tonight.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!